20 credits at level HE5
Health and social care professionals in all disciplines are required to make decisions each and every day they are in practice. The very nature of these decisions impact both directly and indirectly on patients their families and colleges, as such each decision made should be ethically defendable, lawful and accord with professionally prescribed codes of conduct. Often though there are tensions between ethics the law professional duties and employers requirement. This can leave the health professional confused about how to act in order to please all masters.
This module aims to provide participants with grounding in legal, ethical and professional practice that is relevant and useful in todayís practice setting. It intendeds to achieve this by providing a framework of basic legal ethical and professional principals that those involved in health & social care can make us of in order that they can make defendable decisions with a more robust theoretical understanding.
This module is aimed at all who are interested in the legal ethical and professional issues that surround the delivery of health & social care.
In order to facilitate learning in a systematic way this module will be split in to two main parts. In the first part of the module students will learn about the ethical theories, legal principals developing the needed tools that are used to guide decision making. Students will be encouraged to consider the relevance and utility of these theories to their own practice and to the wider delivery of health and social care. Specifically the ethical theories of Concequentalisim, Deontology will be examined and reasoned over as well as others that may hold direct relevance to students specific enquiry. The Four Principals of Medical Ethics (Comprising of Autonomy, Beneficence, Non Maleficance, Justice) and David Seedhouses ethical grid will be appraised and utilised during the module.
Legally issues that relate to the position and registration of health professionals, negligence, consent, confidentiality and the legal obligations that surround the withholding and withdrawing of life sustaining medical treatment will be examined. Other specific legislation that impact on care delivery namely such as the law surrounding prescribing, child protection, mental capacity and the human rights will be considered.
Part two builds on studentís knowledge and understanding of the legal, ethical and professional theories encountered in part one. In part two students attention will be directed to consideration of some of the practical day to day issues that are encountered in the modern health care setting. The content of part two will be split in to themes of study these being Beginning of Life, Medical Technology, Patient Safety, and end of life issues.
A fundamental part of this module will be concerned with the application of theory and the implications of decision making for health care professionals. In this level three module students need not only know about ethical theory but must be able to analyse the effect of this when deployed in the practice setting. Students are expected to consider themselves as a part of a wider team with the common goal to achieve safe and effective health care. As such the implications of decision making in terms of the professional and patient safety will be explicit in this module.
In part one students will achieve the specified learning outcomes through attendance at a series of short lectures supported by focused reading that will provide a base of underpinning knowledge of theory. Students will then be supported to build upon this in light of personal learning needs that are relevant to the students practice area with support from the lecturer. This said student will be required to demonstrate a broad base of understanding in legal ethical and professional issues and it is not acceptable to focus on one area that is directly relevant to ones own practice.
Students will then be guided in to part two of the module by a round table discussion about accountability and decision making in practice. Here accountability of the professional will be used as an adjunctive ethical theory that is specific to health care practice. Here the aim is to consider how students make decisions and how they support theses with legal, ethical and professional arguments.
In part two of the module students will present seminars on a chosen ethical theme in collaboration with other students who share an interest in that theme. This will be an opportunity for students develop a grater depth of understanding in specific ethical areas that are of relevance to them.
The assessment strategy is of mixed methods primarily to ensure academic rigour but additionally in order to promote equality in access to assessment. Specifically students will be expected to prepare a paper and present this to the group of wider students. These seminar presentations will be followed up by an mini debate of the key issues. Lectures will facilitate discussions and interweave the legal, ethical and professional theories as relevant.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Identify key legal, ethical and professional principals to guide decision making.||
1.1List the key features of concequentalisim, deontology and the four ethical principals.
1.2 Explain relevant aspects of law that relate to health & social care delivery
1.3 Consider the benefits and limitations of each of the ethical theories and laws when deployed in a health or social care setting
|2.||Apply legal ethical and professional principals and make recommendations about areas of health care practice||
2.1 Reflect on experience and identify common legal, ethical professional issues / dilemmas that can occur in the health or social care setting
2.2 Demonstrate the ability to apply the ethical theories and law to a given ethical dilemma in order to affect a safe, lawful and positive patient outcome
|3.||Recognise the potential for conflict between law ethics and professional standards||
3.1 Identify conflicts that can occur between ethical ideals the law and the professional role.
3.2 Make suggestions to resolve areas of conflict
3.3 Respect the implications of conflict for patients in the context of service delivery
|4.||Take action that promotes professionalism and patient safety||
4.1 Define professional practice
4.2 Act in a manner that promotes professionalism
4.3 Act in a manner that promotes the safety of patients and users
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||The submission of a paper on one of the ethical themes taught in the module (50% of the overall mark). 2500 words||A group presentation on one of the ethical themes taught in the module (50% of the overall Mark)|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
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